THE MATTEI AFFAIR
(Il Caso Mattei)
a feature film by Francesco Rosi (Hands Over the City, Lucky Luciano, Salvatore Giuliano, Christ Stopped at Eboli)
with Gian Maria Volontè (A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, Sacco & Vanzetti, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion), Luigi Squarzina, Peter Baldwin (“Dream On”), Renato Romano (The Italian Job)
In the 1950s, during Italy’s postwar industrial boom, the head of its state-owned oil company, Enrico Mattei, leveraged a small reserve of methane gas in the Po Valley and challenged the established order for international energy policy until he mysteriously died in a plane crash in 1962. Francesco Rosi, along with his frequent collaborator and actor of choice, Gian Maria Volonté, presents a portrait of Mattei as a dogged industrialist and an unrelenting force for political action, material security, and self-determination.
Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival.
In an innovative hybrid of documentary and fiction the film is an obliquely non-linear interrogation of the life and death of one of Italy’s most controversial figures and a rumination on the causes and complicities that led the nation into a period of social and political turmoil.
Italy - 1972, 118', available in Full HD
Genre: Drama, Biopic
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Produced by Lux Film